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talula137

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;) My co-worker's computer has been randomly shutting itself down for a while now, and this morning it shut down 3 times, and also started to emit a lovely burning electrical smell from the CPU. ;) Any ideas? It is a 3 year old Gateway, but it isn't in our budget to replace a computer right now, so any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Random shutdowns are associated with heat problems.

More than likely to be the PSU (power supply unit). they are cheap to replace.

Do the all the fans inside the PC work?

Take the side off the pc and switch it on, you'll soon be able to tell where the smel is coming from.

If it's the big box like thing with all the wires coming out,it's definately the PSU.
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Well, we opened it up and checked it out, and it is definitely the PSU. I called Gateway to order a new PSU, and they are backordered for 3 months (go figure!). I have a local company that said they could take the hard drive and mother board from our computer and put it into a new tower, so we will only lose 1 day of work. Thanks for your help!!! ;)

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You are very welcome, glad it's not going to take too long to repair.

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